Poll: Biden leads among Dems in 2020 primary field

Poll: Biden leads among Dems in 2020 primary field

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Teachers face off against Trump on school reopenings Biden wins Puerto Rico primary MORE leads the field of potential Democratic presidential contenders, according to a new poll.

Biden is supported by 26 percent of Democrats surveyed in a Morning Consult/Politico poll. He’s followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Puerto Rico primary In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Biden wins Louisiana primary MORE (I-Vt.), who took 16 percent, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE (D-Calif.) at 9 percent.

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While Biden hasn’t yet announced whether he will seek the Democratic nomination in 2020, he has consistently been viewed as a top-tier candidate in polls even as other high-profile Democrats, like Harris, have jumped into the contest.

Like Biden, Sanders has yet to say whether he will run, though both men are expected to announce their decisions in the coming weeks.

The Morning Consult/Politico poll showed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) tied for fourth in the survey at 6 percent, while Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Democratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response State election officials warn budget cuts could lead to November chaos Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Minn.) follow at 2 percent each among Democratic respondents.

Among Democratic women, Biden gains 2 points in his lead over Sanders – 28 percent to 14 percent. Democratic men also favored Biden over Sanders, albeit by a smaller margin – 23 percent to 19 percent.

The survey also showed a generational difference among Democratic voters. Boomers and Generation Xers picked Biden as their top choice, at 18 percent. But younger generations – Millennials and Generation Z – leaned more towards Sanders, at 19 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

The poll comes as the Democratic primary field is growing rapidly. Since Warren announced the formation of an exploratory committee on New Year’s Eve, a handful of other candidates have jumped into the race, including Gillibrand, Harris and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFinancial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Hawaii).

The Morning Consult/Politico poll surveyed 1,996 registered voters, including 694 Democrats, online from Jan. 18-22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.